|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 25, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 25, 2013.
Q: Despite strong criticisms from China and the ROK against Japanese cabinet ministers' recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly said that it is "a matter of course to secure the freedom to express one's respect and worship to precious souls of the war dead", and that Japanese cabinet ministers "will not yield to any kind of intimidation", adding that it is his job "to protect Japan's pride which rests on history and tradition." He also said that definition of what constitutes Japan's colonial aggression has yet to be established. What is China's comment?
A: The essence of the Yasukuni Shrine issue is how the Japanese government and leadership view and deal with Japan's history of invasion to its Asian neighbours. If Japanese leaders regard invasion, expansion and colonial rule by the country's former militarists as "a proud history and tradition" and attempt to challenge the results of the Second World War and the post-war international order, Japan will never walk out from the shadow of the history and there will be no future for Japan's relations with its Asian neighbours.
Q: As for Chinese troops' recent "line-crossing patrol" in the disputed China-India border area, there are views in India that Chinese troops had trespassed into the Indian side of the border. Will China take the initiative to ease the tension?
A: I can not agree with the criticisms that it was the Chinese border forces who have trespassed into the Indian territory and provoked the tension in the China-India border area. In the past three days, I have repeatedly elaborated on China's position on the issue. I would like to reiterate that China has always acted in strict compliance with relevant agreements and protocols between the two countries on maintaining peace and tranquility in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) area along the border, and worked for safeguarding peace and tranquility in the border area and solving the boundary issue left over by history through negotiation. Chinese patrol troops have never crossed the line.
I would also like to point out that China and India are neighbors yet to complete border demarcation, thus problems inevitably arise one way or another in the border area. When problems emerge, the two sides should consult friendly for a solution through relevant mechanism and channel. I believe this incident will be properly solved without affecting peace and tranquility in the China-India border area and the normal development of bilateral relations.
Q: Please brief us on Chinese Government's Special Representative on the Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei's visit to the US. What else will China do to push the DPRK back to the track of dialogue?
A: At the invitation of US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, Chinese Government's Special Representative on the Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei visited the US from April 21 to 25. The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that it serves the interests of both countries as well as other countries in the region to safeguard peace and stability and realize denuclearization of the Peninsula. They also agreed to maintain communication and coordination on relevant issue.
Recently, bearing in mind the overall peace and stability of the Peninsula, China has maintained contact and communication with all parties concerned and actively facilitated talks. We will continue to work with relevant parties and the international community to make unremitting efforts to press ahead with the denuclearization process of the Peninsula and realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia.